Monogram mode launches in Sydney
On Thursday night the eastern suburbs elite flocked to Double Bay as Juliet Schiff launched The Monogram Mode, a personalised lifestyle brand specialising in childrenswear, home and travel.
On hand to celebrate the swanky store’s opening was Bryant Stokes , the younger son of Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes, and wife Dominique, Nadia Fairfax, Harper’s Bazaar fashion editor Caroline Tran, pregnant Mode Sportif founder and CEO Deborah Symond O’Neil, Hamilton Island brand manager Nicky Oatley and fiance Jonathan Pearce, fashion designer Rachel Gilbert, and Mara & Mine creative director and chicken heiress Tamie Ingham.
The impressive store neighbours beauty giant Mecca, luxury Italian women’s brand Max & Co, and Sydney’s iconic Cosmopolitan Shoes. Luxury French Champagne Perrier-Jouët was served in hand-painted glassware as Italian-inspired canapes made their way around the homely space. Schiff ended the night with a toast to her husband, Denham Schiff and daughters Mackenzie and Savannah as the inspiration behind her new venture.
The shoe didn’t fit this time around
It’s that time of year for all of us, Christmas catchups, long lunches and festive soirees in the countdown to the end of 2019. But party hosts should take note that in the current climate throwing a three-hour event in the middle of a (busy) Wednesday is nobody’s idea of a good time.
Apparently, the memo was missed by the organisers of the Stuart Weitzman boutique launch at QVB on Wednesday. Guests comprising of ‘fashion’ influencers got the chance to peruse the pre-spring 2020 collection in-store before being subjected to a bizarre performance by Sydney Dance Company dancers who donned the brand’s footwear and not much else.
Following the official store opening, guests enjoyed a champagne luncheon at Reign that despite being delicious ran far too long. At one point it crossed Social Scene’s mind that a shoey (drinking an alcoholic beverage from a shoe) may have been more entertaining and time-efficient than watching the dance moves as influencers sipped champagne and smiled about their new (free) footwear. Sadly, Social Scene dashed out the door (shoeless) like Cinderella and missed out on dessert.
Dickens’ gift to the very first Christmas
Christmas came early for Social Scene on Monday and Tuesday with invitations to exclusive gifting suite by brands Swarovski and L’Occitane. To mark the start of the festive season, Swarovski hosted a shopping event on Tuesday for celebs, influencers and media at its flagship Westfield Sydney store. Guests including Sophie Tieman, Rowi Singh and Naomi Smith stepped into a red and green wonderland with vibrant floral displays to shop for some sparkle for themselves and their loved ones. A Swarovski ball pit stole the show as guests enjoyed beats by Juay Kennedy.
On Wednesday beauty retailer L’Occitane celebrated the launch of its Christmas collection by inviting guests to Parterre Cafe in Woollahra to enjoy their Provence-inspired markets.
Each market stall showcased the different collections, complete with hand massages and a gift wrapping station. Guests walked away with a bag full of fresh flowers and produce along with L’Occitane Christmas products and personalised hand cream.
IN: Infused water is my beverage of the season.
OUT: Christmas paraphernalia – specifically, reindeer ears on cars.
Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.